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Oct 15, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Derek Mason pumps his fist reacting to a defensive stop against the Georgia Bulldogs at the end of the fourth quarter at Sanford Stadium. Vanderbilt defeated Georgia 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Young will be a part of the 2017 class.
Nov 19, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; A South Carolina Gamecocks cheerleader celebrates a touchdown against the Western Carolina Catamounts in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
Thomas will be an instant-impact player for whichever school he signs with.
High School Football: The Opening
Many of the prospects are considering SEC schools.
Sep 3, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; The SEC logo on the chains during a game between the Texas A&M Aggies and the UCLA Bruins at Kyle Field. Texas A&M won in overtime 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports
LSU in particular is off to a fast start.
NCAA Football: Eastern Michigan at Florida
Three-star TE Zech Byrd committed to Florida in August, but did not sign with the Gators.
Sep 19, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Florida Gators defensive back Jalen Tabor (31) defensive back Keanu Neal (42) and defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III (1) celebrate against Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Blake Bone (6) after an incomplete pass at Commonwealth Stadium. Florida defeated Kentucky 14-9.  Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
The SEC has a reputation for star defensive backs, so much so that two schools like to claim the title of DBU. An impressive number of blue-chip cornerbacks and safeties are coming into the conference this fall. How does this group compare to the previous five classes?
Nov 26, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart reacts to the play against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second half at Sanford Stadium. Georgia Tech defeated Georgia 28-27. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
It's never too early to get a head start on the 2019 class.
Dec 31, 2016; Orlando , FL, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron works with his team before the game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
There will be a party in the Orgeron household tonight.
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama Crimson Tide won 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
Even with SEC football hitting a slow point on the calendar, the drama never seems to stop in the world of college football recruiting.
NCAA Football: Southern Mississippi at Alabama
The elite quarterback prospect will now be attending a local Alabama high school.
Sep 19, 2015; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers mascot Mike the Tiger crowd surfs during the third quarter of a game against the Auburn Tigers at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
LSU working hard to lock down the state in 2018.
Nov 19, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers interim head coach Ed Orgeron watches his team take on the Florida Gators during the game at Tiger Stadium. The Gators defeat the Tigers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
LSU snags verbal pledge from 2018 JUCO edge rusher.
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The SEC features the best offensive line play in the country. The 2017 class hopes to add to that legacy. Here's a look at the five best offensive linemen entering the league.
Sep 24, 2016; Dallas, TX, USA;  Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Myles Garrett (15) during the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at AT&T Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
The 2017 defensive line class was lower on blue-chip SEC signees than some of the more recent classes. Here's how the past five classes rank, providing some insight into 2017.
Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA;  LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) runs during the first quarter of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
The SEC signed 11 5-star recruits in 2017, more than any other conference. As good as this class is, the SEC has seen better. Here are the 25 greatest recruits to ever sign with SEC schools.
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide running back Derrick Henry (2) scores a touchdown against the Clemson Tigers in the first quarter in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The SEC has signed many talented running backs over the past five years, and that tradition continued in 2017. Which class ranks the best?
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The 2015 recruiting class included a pair of 1,000-yard receivers in Calvin Ridley and Christian Kirk. The 2016 class fell back. What will 2017 bring? Alabama signed four of the top five receivers entering the league, but several other teams made their mark on the recruiting trail as well. Here's a look at what to expect from the top receivers entering the SEC in 2017.
Oct 22, 2016; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom and the starters run onto the field before the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Faurot Field. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
After only signing one in-state prospect in 2017, the Tigers are trying to lock up some of the Show Me State's best.
Nov 21, 2015; Stillwater, OK, USA;Baylor Bears quarterback Jarrett Stidham (3) throws the ball while Oklahoma State Cowboys defensive tackle Motekiai Maile (56) rushes him in the second quarter  at Boone Pickens Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Four true freshman quarterbacks won the starting job in 2016. The 2017 QB class has talent, but it's unlikely that it produces four starters next fall. We break down the five best who are entering the league.
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Three true freshman running backs topped 1,000 yards in 2016. They set a high bar. Can the incoming 2017 running back class clear it? We break down the five best running backs entering the SEC.
Jan 1, 2016; Orlando, FL, USA;  Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain looks onto the field during the second quarter  against the Michigan Wolverines in the 2016 Citrus Bowl at Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
A former 4-star recruit out of Tampa visited Florida on Saturday.
Sep 24, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide mascot Big Al during the game against the Kent State Golden Flashers at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
A Georgia lineman originally part of the class of 2013 will be ending his career in Tuscaloosa.
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Coaches from a key LSU recruiting area met with Ed Orgeron on Friday.
Apr 16, 2016; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Jacob Eason (10) throws before the spring game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
The SEC has been the preferred destination for elite pro-style quarterbacks in the last five recruiting classes. We look at the 2017 class to see if it will stay that way or if a new trend is developing.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleaders run flags in the end zone after a touchdown during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigers in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Crimson Tide fans will get to watch the early enrollee in action on A-Day.
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) holds up an SEC logo after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Do the two athletes have a valid point?
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It's not often a prospect turns down major offers to walk-on to another school.
Oct 15, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA;  LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron before a game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Should LSU fans be worried?
Nov 7, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; A general view of Florida Gators fans cheering in the Swamp during the first quarter against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Florida landed a pledge from a recent commit's teammate.
Jan 24, 2017; Mobile, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban is interviewed on the sidelines during South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY Sports
We look to the 2017 recruiting classes of the SEC to try to determine what impact they had on the uneven West/East divide ... and what we can learn from them.
Nov 12, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron walks onto the field to watch his players warmup before the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports
Ed Orgeron is looking to bring one of his former USC colleagues to Baton Rouge. The Tigers would be getting an ace recruiter if the hire is made.
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver ArDarius Stewart (13) holds up an SEC logo after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Alabama defeated Florida 54-16. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Much of the SEC is laying back in the first weeks of the 2018 recruiting cycle while Florida makes coaching changes that signal a recruiting direction led by defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.
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The SEC landed 14 5-star recruits in the 2016 cycle, including 5 of the top 10 players in the country. They arrived ranked one way. With their freshman season in the books, we re-ranked them based on their performance.
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The second-year Georgia coach says the new practice facility is already helping the team's recruiting efforts.
Apr 11, 2015; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain points during the first half at the Orange and Blue Debut at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Florida doubled its haul in one of the state's recruiting hotbeds from 2016 to 2017. With two new hires, the Gators are going all in on the region.
Oct 8, 2016; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts to a call during the first quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
UA still has four commits for its 2018 class.
ep 3, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Former Florida Gators head coach Steve Spurrier is honored at mid field before a football game against the Massachusetts Minutemen at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Spurrier and Paul Finebaum discussed a number of topics Friday, including Florida's recruiting.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Auburn Tigers head football coach Gus Malzahn on the field before the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Tigers landed 4-star DE Markaviest Bryant on Wednesday and appear to be trying to add his coach to the staff.
Feb 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Montgomery Bell Academy football player Ty Chandler talks to the media after signing his letter of intent to attend the University of Tennessee at a ceremony during National Signing Day. Mandatory Credit: George Walker IV / The Tennessean via USA TODAY NETWORK
With the fax machines safely put away until next February, here's a snapshot for each of the SEC's 14 member institutions in a hundred words or so.
Jan 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebackers coach Tosh Lupoi talks to linebacker Tim Williams (56) against the Clemson Tigers in the 2016 CFP National Championship at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Plus the top recruiters from every SEC school in 2017.
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Position switches and bottle necks on the depth chart are just a couple reasons teams redshirt 4-star and 5-star signees. Who are the best candidates to redshirt in 2017? We break out our crystal ball.
Oct 8, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Tyler Byrd (10) in action during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Kyle Field. The Aggies defeat the Volunteers 45-38 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Signing day is in the books. Rosters are filled with shiny new toys, but let's not forget about the 2016 prospects just yet. Here's a look at one 2016 recruit we expect to bust out in a big way in 2017.
Sep 17, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp greets students after the game against the East Carolina Pirates at Williams-Brice Stadium. South Carolina wins 20-15 over ECU. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Where do teams rank after National Signing Day? Some SEC programs significantly improved their classes, while others held serve or watched key targets commit elsewhere.
NCAA Football: Florida-Press Conference
Every year, there are programs whose futures are made much brighter after snagging several select prospects. Unfortunately, there are also major setbacks for other programs that can't seal the deal.
Nov 19, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain celebrates the win over the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. The Gators defeat the Tigers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The SEC dominated Signing Day. Alabama won its seventh consecutive recruiting crown and four other joined the Tide in the Top 10. That list included Florida, whose head coach Jim McElwain proved his recruiting chops with a major haul on signing day. Here's our rewind on NSD17.
Nov 19, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Barry Odom during the first quarter against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Missouri coach Barry Odom landed only one player from the state of Missouri for this year's recruiting class. That's one reason the Tigers slumped to No. 50 nationally.
Nov 19, 2016; Starkville, MS, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Bret Bielema before the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Bret Bielema went after 'meat and potatoes' with his 2017 class, but he sprinkled in a little spice by getting a 4-star defensive back to flip.
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Derek Mason claimed end-of-season momentum, yet Vanderbilt needed to convert a walk-on to scholarship on the eve of National Signing Day to have its first in-state recruit of this class.
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LSU hauled in another group of talent in head coach Ed Orgeron's first recruiting class, again finishing in the top 10 nationally.
Jan 2, 2017; Tampa , FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain looks on against the Iowa Hawkeyes during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes 30-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier in the week, it looked as if the Gators would need a miracle to finish with a top 10 recruiting class. On Wednesday, Jim McElwain and the staff experienced a miraculous finish.
Dec 30, 2016; Nashville , TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones is dumped with Gatorade after a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Nissan Stadium. Tennessee won 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Butch Jones has brought in higher-ranked classes, but the 2017 group is critical because it fills so many needs.
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Here are seven immediate takeaways regarding Auburn's 2017 recruiting class, the Tigers' fifth consecutive Top 10 recruiting class.
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Finally able to focus on needs, Kentucky put together a solid 2017 class, mainly by finishing strong in Ohio.
Oct 1, 2016; Columbia, SC, USA;  South Carolina Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp directs his team against the Texas A&M Aggies at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina secures the team's highest-rated recruit.
Jan 9, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban  runs off the field after the first half against the Clemson Tigers  in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Parks will be going to his top school, but there's a catch.
Dec 3, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban claps during the first quarter of the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Alabama's No. 1 class just got even better.
Nov 24, 2016; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers quarterback Danny Etling (16) signals after a play during the third quarter against the Texas A&M Aggiest at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
LSU continues to win big on National Signing Day.
Nov 19, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain celebrates the win over the LSU Tigers at Tiger Stadium. The Gators defeat the Tigers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
The Gators have holes to fill in the secondary, and Henderson is a huge Signing Day get for Jim McElwain.
NCAA Football: Mississippi State at South Carolina
Big get for the Gamecocks on National Signing Day.
Sep 3, 2016; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn reacts during warm-ups prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports
Two SEC schools are making a late run at the top 100 prospect who delayed his decision.